Tribute to fell walker killed in ridge plunge
Three days earlier, a 39-year-old man also fell to his death from Swirral Edge when he plunged through a cornice of snow.
In a statement, Mr Ashton's wife Caroline, said: "He was my soulmate. Life was never dull... he could make anyone laugh and was loved by so many."
The couple had been married eight years and have a son, Thomas, five.
Mrs Ashton said: "He has left a hole in our lives that can never be filled."